President’s Cup 2007, Boracay
President’s Cup 2007, Boracay
©The Cruising Yacht Club
of the Philippines
PGYC Board of Directors
Commodore: Peter Stevens
Vice Com: Mike Tucker, Jurgen Langemeier
Treasurer: Geoffrey Cannell
Directors: Michel Bigot, Carl Broqvist,
William Moore, Owen Stull,
Secretary: Carlos Garcia
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Puerto Galera Yacht Club, Inc.
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Commodore’s Letter 3
Seen on our Moorings 5
Nature News: Snakes Alive Part II 6
The Mindoro Paraw 8
A Mermaid’s View of Sabang 10
Manila Boracay Race 2007 12
PGYC Easter Regatta 2007 18
President’s Cup 2007, Boracay 22
Vivace’s Paintjob and Maya Maya 25
Dream Boats - Christian’s Cat Part I 29
Yacht Friendly Moorings
- Coral Cove Puerto Galera 33
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Cruiser News is published by
Puerto Galera Yacht Club Inc.,
P.O.Box 30450 Sto Niño,
Puerto Galera, Mindoro, Philippines
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As summer approaches things are starting to wind down
here. By the time
this is published we’ll be into restricted opening hours
at the club to try to keep
overheads down over the low season. Rest assured that
it’ll still be all systems go at
the weekends and evenings so we look forward to seeing
The Easter Regatta was a great success with a dozen or so
yachts taking part.
This edition has a full report of the proceedings but I’d
just like to thanks all of you
who took part for making the effort and for making the
event so much fun. Special
thanks to Bill and Russ for organising the sailing side
and to our staff for keeping us
all fed and watered so well.
The event wouldn’t be the same without the support of the
guys from Future
Trade Int’l Inc for supplying the LINDEMANS wines and
trophies, and the Big
Apple team for the T-shirts. Finally thanks to Keith
Elliot of BINSWANGER for
the event sponsorship. I look forward to seeing you all
at the All Souls event in
The acquisition of the parcel of land next to the club is
just about finalised.
As of today we are just waiting for the paperwork to be
completed. With luck, by
the time we move into the high season in October, you’ll
be able to drive or take a
tricycle directly to club from the main road. Thanks to
those members who helped
us with this important development project for the club.
On the food and beverage front we have received a serious
proposal from a
member to take over the operation on a concession basis.
We have been struggling
for years to maintain the efficiency and standards of
the bar and restaurant and
have been through a number of combinations of systems and
personalities. I can’t
go into too much detail at this time as there are still
many ‘t’s to be crossed and ‘i’s
to be dotted but we are all optimistic that what we have
in front of us is a serious
proposition with a real chance of success for all
concerned, particularly members and
As this is the time of the year when many of our members
and friends head
off to wherever ‘home’ is or used to be, I’d like to wish
you all a safe journey and a
relaxing holiday. Haste ye back.
Best wishes and fair winds
15th June 2007
The views expressed in Cruiser News are those of the
authors and not PGYC. No responsibility for any loss is
accepted by the authors or by PGYC
We are ready. All our Muelle moorings have been
A new team of divers checked underwater all the non-
movable gear and working closely with our experienced
marine staff, unshackled the riding chains which were
to the surface. After chipping and scrubbing, doubtful
chain, distorted shackles and worn swivels were replaced
The weakest links, the vessels own mooring ropes
have been renewed to suit the skippers preferred
points on the vessel. Our club staff spliced the heavy
Nylon rope, fit metal thimbles and chaff protection
shackled them onto the buoy. This does not come cheap but
you use a swinging mooring it is one of the expenses you
budget for every few years.
So ‘Tin Hau’, Goddess of the Sea, please look kindly on
us in 2007. We have done our best to be prepared for your
Recent visitors include:
Lindsay Walkley in 40 ft Australian registered ‘Avolare’
Member Steindor Sigurgeirsson from Iceland in ‘Ying
Mei’ a 48 ft power yacht.
‘Drac III’ a James Wharram
catamaran registered in Tahiti with owner
‘Amber Nectar’ 37 ft with owner
Karin Stubbs from Dili, East Timor on the
way to Kudat, Sabah.
‘Ilihune’ a 45 ft Van de Stadt,
registered in Japan with owner Don
Skurauskis from Coron to Boracay.
Old friends, Bill & Sylvia Goodwin,
in their Roberts 48 ft ‘Vivace’
‘Tai Mo Shan’ 46 ft with owner David
Smith from Hebe Haven Yacht Club.
36 ft ‘Petima’ with owner Peter
Moller from Palau to Hong Kong.
Previously visitor Thomas Hasse in 30
Alan Reid brought in Hong Kong
registered ‘King Kong’ a beautiful French
built 38 footer, for owner, new PGYC
member Thierry Magnan.
New Zealand registered ‘Alluna’ 46 ft, with owner
Andrew Kellow and skipper Kylie Ayson from Cebu to San
Polish registered ‘Panika’ a Bruce Roberts 38 ft, with
owner Andrzej Plewik and Krystyna Plewik.
Tayana 55, ‘Sirius’ with owner Andrew Jeffries from
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club on the way to Subic.
‘Moonshadow’ a Tayana 58 with owner Richard
‘Megumi’ 57 ft Azimut with owner Hiroyuki Tsuchiya.
‘Sik Fung’ a Tayana 38, with owner Alfons Grieb from
Hebe Haven Yacht Club on the way to Kota Kinabalu.
‘Mellow Yellow’ 39 ft with British owner John Duckett
from Subic Bay to Boracay.
USA registered ‘Cadence’ an Apache 40, with owner
Frank Ohlinger on the way to Coron.
Jean Rheault with ‘Sequoyah’ 41 ft from Guam to
Lucas Klarenbeek on his beautiful S&S 51 ‘Bluefin’
the way from Hong Kong to Kota Kinabalu.
And a warm welcome to member Gundolf Alrens who
has returned with ‘Aragon’ after a major refit
local craftsmen in nearby Minolo Bay.
Those cruisers, who might need a mooring in a beautiful
natural harbour, send us an e-mail, phone call or VHF
channel 68 on your approach. Puerto Galera has good
(including real delicatessens), friendly bars and
our clubhouse can provide a broadband computer link,
phones, showers and much more. And there are a variety of
tradesmen to assist with yacht maintenance.
By Mike Tucker Photo by Terry Duckham
Seen on our Moorings
The cruising yachts moving south have all left
on the last of the amihan’s north-east winds. The
habagat’s south-westerly winds started recently and
soon it will bring the daily rains and we should
expect the first season’s typhoons.
Words and Photos by:
At the main entrance I was just admiring Big Bertha, a
huge Burmese Python and his/her albino friend, Wilma,
I was met by Mike, a young American graduate in marine
biology who works there as a volunteer. An enthusiastic,
eloquent guide he presented a very well-informed and
interesting tour. On another day you might get Mario’s
Benny, or their Filipino snake-man, Arnold.
Introductions over we started the tour with a few ‘do’s’
and ‘don’ts’, such as ‘don’t stick your fingers in the
cages’ (who on
earth would?), ‘don’t bang on the glass’ and‘take your
shoes off in
the snake house’ (can you run faster without flipflops?).
We started with my pals the pythons and I was not
surprised to find that Big Bertha is six years old,
and 90kgs! I had previously toyed with the idea of a
opportunity with her draped playfully around my neck. I
decided on discretion rather than valour and we moved
AfterCrocodylus mindorensis (remember him as the most
endangered species of croc in the World and that Mario
one of the few successful breeding programs?), we moved
onto the GHARIAL; a vicious looking tyke with a long thin
snout and wicked teeth. Thankfully it’s only a couple of
long. From there we went over to the CAIMAN enclosure.
These are more similar to alligators than true crocs and
be found in Central and South America. If watching a
log lying in the sun doing nothing all day is your idea
adventure, then these are the guys for you.
From there (after a short stop to admire Ice Bear, the
only albino Malay Civet in captivity anywhere in the
we moved onto something that promised to be MUCH more
exciting …. the SNAKE HOUSE!
At the entrance Mike introduced me to the many
varieties of pit viper to be found in the Philippines.
thought to be just one species, they have now found that
are many, all with slightly different colour of body,
eyes, as well as size. So, if you happen to be bitten by
the woods, take a few seconds to note whether the eyes
red, yellow or brown. Mario would be very interested.
Why PIT-VIPER? The name doesn’t refer to their
preferred habitat. They don’t live in big holes in the
but up in the trees. It refers instead to two
on the front of the head, below the eyes. These are heat-
sensitive receptors which, amazingly, are wired directly
the snake’s optical system. In other words it ‘sees’ a
image through its eyes, overlaid with a thermal image
heat sensors. Cool stuff eh?
Ed: In the March edition of CRUISER NEWS Peter Stevens
promised to re-visit Mario for a tour of
the facility. Here’s what happened . . .
Mike and pits
Then it was shoes off and into an ophidiphobes’ worst
nightmare. (see – our quiz nights are paying dividends!).
were 144 glass display cases, which allowed up close and
personal, eyeball to scaly eyeball views of dozens of
of cobras, vipers, pythons, boas and one or two even more
dangerous critters. I personally found it fascinating and
thrilled to be able to marvel at the sheer beauty of the
shape, form and variety of the snakes at close quarters.
We started with Central and South American pit-vipers
(Mario has an exchange program with various zoos around
World to ensure successful breeding programs for
species) and then moved down the racks to the European
Long-nosed Viper and round the corner to the constrictors
(Did you know that the difference between boas and
is that the former are strictly New World and give birth
young, while the latter live in our part of the World and
We interrupted an albino Burmese Python getting stuck
dead (by then) chicken. Albinism in the wild is extremely
(I mean – how can a white snake creep up on anything?!)
the pet trade has very successfully bred loads of albino
and they are a very popular pet – hence Mario’s guest
was surrendered or seized, I’m not sure which.
I remarked to Mike on the beautiful markings of the
Reticulated Python. The next thing I knew he opened the
case, picked up the snake and gave it to me. Now, I love
things and snakes hold no fear for me, although I’ve not
had the chance to handle many before. But I must admit to
reluctance to drape a 6-foot animal that kills by
prey, round my neck! So it was arms only. Adult retics
longest snake in the world and grow to 10m (33 feet) so I
glad that my friend was only a youngster. We both
the encounter with, apparently, no ill effects and back
case it went.
There will be more . . .
Left: Python snacking Above: Reticulated python
Words and Photos by Martyn Willes
The native paraw is an outrigger boat made from local
woods & bamboo and usually rigged with,
lanteen sails. Similar boats have been used in the
for seven hundred years or more and, although the hull-
shape may vary slightly from locale to locale, the
universal: to convey the fisherman to his fishing
to safely deliver him home with his catch, with the
In honour of our fellow sailors who have
mastered the baffling breezes around Dumlai
Point we offer this colourful review.
Although fishing boats of a design must
have been in existence around the Philippines
for millennia the first recorded (if we may be
allowed to elevate legend to record) “paraw” can be found
the, pre-Spanish era, Maragtas legend. The legend
ten Bornean chieftains (“datus”) fleeing the despotic
Makatunaw. The datus, led by Datu Puti, reached Panay
Island (immediately South of Mindoro) in 1212 AD. It is
that the paraw seen today, with its colourful sails, is
in design as used by the datus in their escape. The
on to describe how the datus bartered with Haring (King)
Marikudo – the head of the indigenous ‘Ati’ peoples of
– for the island lowlands in exchange for a golden hat
The paraws seen off the East coast of Mindoro during
the Manila to Boracay Race come from the municipalities
of Pola and Naujan near Dumali Point; they are still
exclusively wind powered – in other areas, where fuel and
spare parts are more readily available, most fishermen
thrown away their sails in favour of
internal combustion engines.
The most beautifully decorated lanteen sails are seen in
the vicinity of Pola; birth place of Philippine
Noli de Castro. They are made (and patched) from whatever
materials are readily available: tarpaulins, rice sacks,
clothes etc. and, as we discovered upon closer inspection
one boat, even the fabric from old umbrellas can be
into a colouful and lightweight sail.
Sailor help Sailor: As encouragement to keep these
delightful fishing boats exclusively wind-powered we ask
skippers amongst our readership to donate an old
two for use as paraw sail material. If you have an old
laying in your sail-locker just waiting for useful employ
please contact the Puerto Galera Yacht Club and we will
the necessary arrangements to have them delivered to the
fishermen’s cooperative . . . Alan Burrell has already
Rags’s spinnaker (that she blew-out during the
Cup) and Ray Ordoveza has donated two from Karakoa. More
bat fish, surgeon fish and rabbits in abundance but the
attraction of the Sabang Wrecks is the frog fish.
“It is a very popular night dive also.”
Mermaid Divers offer courses from discover scuba
through to dive instructor but
do not yet get involved with
technical diving, “we hope to
do that in the future . . . we
are working our way up the
“We are probably ranked
at number six in Puerto Galera
at the moment but our goal
is to be in the top three very
“But for me” Rickie goes
on, “technical and commercial
diving is not half the fun
because deeper than 30
meters there is little light and
Rickie Cui is one of two dive instructors at
the Mermaid Divers’ dive shop on Sabang Beach,
just three minutes from the Batangas ferry landing
station; we spent a morning discovering what has
kept him so enthralled with the Sabang Wrecks dive
site for so many years.
“It’s a great site for divers of any level of
experience . . . the fun actually starts before the
Sabang Wreck because the Sabang Reef, just beyond
the floating bar, is like the 12-metre hors d’oeuvre
for the 18-metre main course” enthuses Rickie,
“There you can find a myriad of reef fish and corals
sporting all the colours of the rainbow . . . it is a
for the macro (close-up) photographer”.
The Mermaid Divers have cameras for rent but if they
are all out, and you are just itching to buy one anyway,
a camera shop in the street behind.
“At the wreck site there are three wrecks laying on a
sandy bottom where you can see rays and scorpion fish
if you have one of our
experienced diver masters
as guides they will help
you spot the perfectly
camouflaged star gazers”
Rickie goes on, “two of the
wrecks are wooden and one
is steel . . . all have been
sunk deliberately over the
past twenty five years to
create this amazing dive site.
“Although the wooden
boats are mostly rotten now
the steel yacht is solid and
can be penetrated . . . there
are moray eels in residence,
Words by John Smart
Photos by Rickie Cui & Martyn Willes
Sabang is famous for its many on-beach
attractions that deliver a feast of creature comforts
throughout the day and long into the night,
but take a peek beneath its shimmering
waters and a whole new world of creatures
come into view, who have been feasting on
each other almost since time began.
Above: Divers investigate Sabang Wreck frog fish
Below: Hawksbill Turtle poses for the camera
everything is the same colour”.
The dive shop has basic rooms for
rent, all with air-conditioning, double beds
and hot & cold running water; starting
at Php1,200. Because it is attached to
the larger Mermaid Resort (also
in Sabang) it can offer guests
everything up to a fully appointed
penthouse suite, with private
balcony and Jacuzzi, for around
Php4,500 a night.
While chatting to Rickie and
the other dive instructor Chris, a
young married couple from Manila
arrived back off the dive boat
bubbling with excitement, having
done “the wrecks”. After earlier
listening to Rickie’s enthusiasm I
thought I would just test his words; I asked them to
the highlights in a couple of words: “Frog fish” said
Sayson, more usually fishing information for Bloomberg
Makati City; “Sabang is the
best” confirmed Dra. Jennifer
Manzano. I asked Jennifer to
elaborate. “Value for money .
. . from the rooms here to the
unlimited diving packages.
“Sabang is the best place
. . . it is too chaotic on White
“We have dived many
places in the Philippines
including Palawan but Puerto Galera
stands out on its own”.
As Jennifer and Ian prepared
for their next dive, “we hope to do
four today” Jennifer asserted, I could
not resist asking Rickie if there were
any mermaids to be found in the bay.
“Turtles sometimes . . . never seen a
mermaid . . . but at night after a party
maybe . . .” he laughed.
For more information contact Mermaid Resort: tel. +63
43 287-3301; email@example.com
Right:All materials available for PADI courses
Bottom: Equipment available for hire so you can
We were approaching five hours, 26 miles, into the
204-mile, 2007 Manila to Boracay Race; the going had been
slower than anticipated in the light, shifty, mostly
winds since the start. And now it was a whole new race
bulk of the fleet.
Getting there: it was an uncharacteristic beat for the
14 miles out to the Saint Nicholas Shoal light – at this
of year we could have expected a following breeze and a
spinnaker run – with just a handful of boats to our rear.
Ahead of us Frank Pong’s enormous, 115-foot Maiden Hong
Kong was already disappearing South around Limbones Point
and on along the Batangas coast. The other “big boats” in
the racing division – Karakoa, Mandrake, Centennial,
and Hummingbird -- were almost at the horizon, sailing
high towards Corregidor Island. These were followed by
other boats in the IRC Racer and PY Cruiser divisions.
had seen enough of a shift in the breeze to hoist rather
spinnakers. The sun was dipping towards the South China
and the sky was slowly turning a brilliant orange.
We had raised our own spinnaker and, although it was
also very shy, we could sense the breeze was slowly
there was a slightly agitated wind line off our stern and
licked our lips in anticipation of catching up to a few
quicker rivals immediately ahead.
Discussions ensued using the rationale that a more
easterly breeze would turn somewhat southerly as it was
around the steep hills on the Batangas side of Manila
The fundamental question being ruminated was: should we
gybe to the South when the rest of the fleet was sailing
out of the bay into the gathering twilight. The argument
that if the breeze softened again then we would be left
lee of the hills and struggle to maintain headway against
still flooding tide; if the breeze maintained or
would be sitting rather pretty. Mark Haswell and I both
that the gybe was the best choice and, after five minutes
sustained veering of the breeze, the skipper was also
The moment: “I count sixteen masts behind us” I called
out as our yacht
– Rags (Farr 1104) -- slid out of Manila Bay abeam
Carabao Island, “what a great
photograph . . . pity it’s dark”.
MANILA BORACAY RACE 2007
Words and Photos by Martyn Willes
The breeze continued to fill in, as hoped; it bounced
off the hills, as predicted; we were foaming across flat
towards Fort Drum and momentarily overhauling everyone.
Two of the handful behind followed and enjoyed the same
benefit while the remainder followed the pack towards
Seeing that our foaming wake and full spinnaker was
not an aberration the pack eventually cut their losses
turned South to join us; by the time darkness had
enveloped us, abeam of Carabao Island, all but the
the fast were behind us in a mass of billowing
Magic! We had just gained a full hour and a half on
and were now unquestionably in first position in the IRC
division. Only 176 miles to go!
Onward: down the Batangas coast we saw some boats
obtain momentary advantage followed by disadvantage,
to the coast; others lost a little and then gained a
out to sea. The next thirty miles were uneventful except
eventually the wind veered past the point where we could
the spinnaker and so the three-year-old whites came out.
Negotiating Cape Santiago, with wind up to 34 knots-
true, we beat up the Verde Passage towards the Puerto
peninsula with the masthead lights of Sandoway, Vivaldi
Salina for close company.
Uncharacteristically, we thought, Vivaldi did not take
the knock across to the Mindoro coast but instead opted
tack back North towards Balayan Bay; we watched her
disappear to our left. We would not see her again until
passing the Baco Islands . . .
Salina too did not take the knock all the way to the
coast but chose instead to tack up the center of the
Sandoway did something similar and we lost sight of both
We beat toward Mindoro until we could almost touch
the beach just West of Talipanan. Our first tack brought
clear of the next headland but the breeze shifted; it
cascading down the steep and ancient volcanic hills and
The winner of the IRC Cruiser Racer division and the
overall Kellet Island Trophy for the Manila Boracay Race
2007 was Harry Taylor’s, S & S 36, Irresistible. But
we should have expected it seeing as the boat and the
were all made in the Philippines.
The (Sparkman & Stephens) S & S 36 was one of ten
built in Mariveles, Bataan, during the 1980’s, when
was a burgeoning sport in Manila Bay and beyond. Viking
Express (Manila Boracay Race winner 2004) was the “plug”
for the mould that was used to make the others; some are
still around (Merkano and Nanu-Nanu are moored at the
Manila Yacht Club), while others have gone further afield
Hong Kong, Singapore and the U.S.A.
Irresistible’s sails were made in the Philippines by Hyde
Sails Cebu, a subsidiary of the UK sail manufacturer Hyde
And, as Harry pointed out later, all of the crew have
made the Philippines their home for more than 25 years.
AND THE WINNER IS . . .
Continued on page 15
Top: Irresistible crew being congratulated by Jun
Avecilla, Co-chair MBR
Previous page: Irresistible crew cleans up: sails
billowed out across the passage, and lifted us all the
Medio Island, Puerto Galera. The morning sun warmed
those sat on the rail and brought a most glorious sight
could see yacht-less horizon ahead and only
A tack in towards Sabang Beach and another out again
we were past Puerto Galera and heading straight for the
Islands, some fifteen miles distant. We went out around
Baco Islands, taking advantage of the last of the flood
clear them at speed. We had stolen another hour or two on
fleet. Magic again! Only 100 miles to go.
Now Dumali Point, thirty miles down the coast, offered
the only threat to our position: if the breeze dropped
but not for those behind us then they could all catch up
. . .
After our two successful decisions – to gybe out of
Manila Bay and taking the Verde Passage knock all the way
the coast of Mindoro – that had netted us three or more
of cushion over our competitors we were feeling somewhat
invulnerable. The last major decision was how to tackle
In our four years of experience of this race there has
always been a lull in the breeze at Dumali Point; the
question is for how long the lull would last – an hour or
or from dawn ‘till dusk, ‘till dawn. Our predicament was
the breeze was steadily abating and
the sea surface becoming glassy.
Mark was convinced that the
noticeable swell from the northeast
was portend of a new breeze -- more
representative of the gradient wind
indicated by the various weather
services we had reviewed prior
to the race; I suggested that in
the absence of the northeasterly
promptly showing its face we should
tack in to the coast and benefit from
the very evident local, on-shore
breeze that was already creating a
neat line of little cumulous clouds
above the coastal plain.
The skipper stays with the
impending northeasterly theory;
out around the Baco Islands slips
Manila Boracay Race... continued from page 13
Above: Klaas Huisjes drives Sandoway with her Hyde Sails
Right:Awards night at the golf club
Sandoway, Challenge, Vivaldi, Selma Star and Salina.
The sun rises to its zenith as we drift along at an
of a knot; led by Sandoway one by one the other boats
towards to the coast, eventually leaving us with only
The first boat to reach Boracay was, not surprisingly,
Frank Pong’s majestic (if somewhat
115-foot, UK Sails powered, Maiden Hong Kong. However,
due to a miscalculation by the race organisers Frank was
forced to forego crossing the official finish line
water beyond it shallowed much too quickly for the safe
passage of Maiden’s keel. “You can’t just stop this one
dime” one crewman stated.
After some brief discussion by radio Maiden Hong
Kong (Juan 115 Custom) was allowed to “finish” by
crossing a transit from the committee boat to the leeward
rounding mark; interestingly she was still given a DNF
(“Did Not Finish”) on the score sheet.
For two reasons Frank did not really mind the DNF:
reliable sources suggest this race marked the first time
thatMaiden Hong Kong had run an incident free race
since her launch just over two years ago (now Frank can
set his sights on those other ocean racing records around
the world, with confidence in the design and durability
the components); and, he won overall in the IRC Racing
division of the President’s Cup Regatta, in the same
aboard his 75-footer Jelik.
BUT LEST WE FORGET . . .
company; at some moments we are actually moving away from
the objective on the tide.
The sun: unrelenting. By mid afternoon we observe
smaller sails coming through the Baco Islands and hugging
the Mindoro coast, with speed. A realisation overtakes us
then: that even the smaller, slower boats have stolen a
on us and even if we tacked into the coast now they would
still probably beat us. “We still have a chance” I offer,
only if we act now: the majority still hopes for the
When the GPS tells us that it will take 56 hours to
reach Dumali Point, still thirteen miles distant, the
orders the engine on and a radio message sent to the Race
We motor along the coast past a line of yachts, now
drifting or standing upright, waiting for respite from
that has engulfed all. At Dumali Point the water is
flat, with only the local fishermen in their painted-sail
making discernable headway towards any objective. In the
half-light of dusk we find Sandoway, out ahead of the
and already around the Point, but with barely enough
to fill her spinnaker. What if we had tacked in ahead of
after rounding the Baco Islands? What if the northeast
filled in as it surely would do, eventually?
Two good decisions out of three aren’t bad but the one
we absolutely needed to get right evaded us. There is
next year . . .
Manila Boracay Race... continued from page 15
Most of us only saw her petticoat tails
Mark Haswell helms into a softening breeze after Baco
Rail Zen – Japanese charter enjoying the view
On day one we saw 24-knots true on the beat out to
Verde Island, where the mark boat yet again became the
mark as the buoy’s anchor line mysteriously parted about
hundred feet down.
On and downwind towards Chicken Feather Island
the breeze eased down to around 15 knots encouraging the
courageous to offer clean sterns and billowing spinnakers
the camerawo/men buffeted and bruised in the mark boat;
the breeze veered a little as competitors approached the
and the ebb tide drove them South of the rhumb line. Most
overlooked the tide and were forced to make a gybe to
the island but Sandoway saw an advantage in holding her
kite almost by-the-lee and in doing so stole a march of
minutes or more on the entire fleet.
Sling-shooting around Bonito Island and streaking
South across the Verde Island Passage once more, the
picked up to 18-knots to bring all but the few across the
line with smiles to acknowledge a great race endowed with
blessings of the wind Gods.
Well the guys out there in Valencia, Spain,
may have had trouble finding the breeze but
here in paradise, in the most beautiful bay in
the world, the breeze just kept on coming.
Day two and the Lindemans Cup saw the fleet taking
the shorter course around Bonito and Chicken Feather, in
clockwise for a change. Favouring the multi-hulls and the
ladies, this course proved that handicappers can get even
simplest of calculations wrong and no matter what the
bucks in their sporty racers tried to do they just could
Words by John Smart
Photos by Terry Duckham, Bernadette and
Rags rockets round Chicken Feather
Photo: Bernadette Willes
Freewheeler II short handed but long legged
Photo: Bernadette Willes
the old ladies in their majestic finery. Fitting then
that the prizes
for this Lindemans Cup race included some classic wines.
Again the wind Gods had offered up armfuls of power
and fistfuls of spray, delivering 14 to 18-knots of
bubbled-Verde-Island-funneled-breeze from out of the East.
The third day was a relief for some, as the breeze had
eased to 10-knots, but there were still honours to be
and spectacle to splash along the beaches and resort
surrounding the Puerto Galera peninsula, so the
was fierce for most. The beat into Sabang Beach and the
mark at the now famous blue and white Floating Bar,
to be the undoing of many; the shifty curls of air
Sandoway holds onto her spinnaker all the way to the
Bonito Island Passage
Photo: Terry Duckham
Ton’s Cocobolo rounds
Balahibong Manok Island
Photo: Terry Duckham
Kalayaan II beating past Bonito Island
Marica enjoying the lighter
conditions on day three off
Photo: Martyn Willes
Slalom Glade reefed and rockin’
Photo: Bernadette Willes
The PGYC multi-hull’s match race within a race
Photo: Terry Duckham
over the hills from Sinandigan village
and bouncing off resort roofs becoming
trapped it seemed by the diverse charms
of the Puerto’s party-town; some puffs of
breeze fought on boldly and closed their
ears to the rapture of the sirens at the
Big Apple and Capt’n Gregg’s, pushing
forward to save the rapidly decelerating
yachts . . . however even some of these
brave bundles of pressure expired just
moments before they could give life to
Of course, all the yachts did make
the Floating Bar turn but for some the
efforts were too much and the remainder
of their race was marked by the earlier
than planned, frequent & optimistic
pssst! of a ring-pull being successfully
manipulated . . . thank you San Miguel.
Out to the turning mark off the
distant beach along the coast to Calapan
and back, a magnificent parade of sailing yachts from
the country crisscrossed the gloriously blue
waters off Coral Cove and headed back towards
Sandoway’s Philippine-flag spinnaker finally
overcame Sea Feather’s monstrously large cruising
chute to claim victory on the day at the final
turn but not enough to win the top place overall.
Congratulations Sea Feather! . . . your handicap
will be adjusted.
The club and the international cast of
competitors give thanks again not only to the
wind Gods but to the sponsors & supporters
who made the event the most enjoyable gathering
this Easter: Binswanger Philippines, Lindemans
Wines; supported by San Miguel Beer, Big Apple
Dive Resort, The Floating Bar, Broadwater
Marine and of course our very own Cruiser
For more information about all of the
events on the Philippine sailing & water sports
calendars, visit the PGYC website: www.pgyc.org
Raft-up off Halgi beach . . . fun for all ages
Photo: Martyn Willes
A motley crew, one and all
Photo: Martyn Willes
Lindemans Cup: left to right Peter
Stevens (Flying Dragon), 2nd), Colin
Smith (Sea Feather 1st and David
Wheeler (Freewheeler II, 3rd)
Photo: Martyn Willes
PRESIDENT’S CUP 2007,
Words by John Smart
Photos by Martyn Willes
For years, the outstanding feature
of all the major Asian regattas has
been . . . light winds. This has given
advantage to certain boat designs
and unfairly penalised others. All of
this changed at the President’s Cup
2007; held for the first time in the
waters off Boracay Island.
The lightest breeze
observed on any race
day was 12 knots (true);
the strongest breeze,
on the last day, was 23
knots (true). This was
a regatta to make the
juices flow and to test
rigging & sail handling
to the limit; it was a
Finally! Frank Pong could offer real competition in
windward-leeward races to Asia’s finest with his magnifi
powerful, UK Sails powered, Jelik (Reichel/Pugh 75).
Awesome! In the last race we were close to her as she
rounded the top mark and deployed her spinnaker . . .
the expanse of silky white fabric floated effortlessly to
the masthead and embraced the 20 knot breeze as if
an old friend returning, the sheets snapped taught, the
bow nudged a wave and the first twenty foot of hull was
lifted into clear air; Jelik crossed the finish line,
at 24 knots!
Finally too! The flying Dutchmen from Atlas
International Marinas, skippered by Klaas Huisjes,
who have chartered the yacht Sandoway (Bashford/
Sydney 36) for this regatta for the past four years,
put their competitive North Sea, gale-force sailing
knowledge to good use . . . they also had the benefit of
a brand new windward sail wardrobe from Hyde Sails
Without doubt this was the “Asian regatta of the 21st
century”, so far.
It was also one of the most international that the
Philippines has seen in many a year. In addition to
being driven by the Dutch, other local yachts were
for the event: Fast Exit (X99) by a team from Japan; and,
Selma (Beneteau First 31.7) by a team from Taiwan.
yachts came from Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore with
crews from all over the World.
Holding the President’s Cup in Boracay was somewhat
of an experiment, designed to offer a change of scenery
the many regular participants and a taste of the best
Philippines can offer for the first timers; certainly
cooperated. Since its creation in the early 1990’s the
has only been held in three places: Manila Bay, Subic Bay
Nasugbu. None of these locales can guarantee to deliver
breezes that thrill real competitors – although Subic Bay
close more frequently than the others.
There are many places around the country that can
guarantee a good breeze during the months of February
through April. However, if you eliminate the ones that
unsuitable by virtue of proximity and infrastructure
then there are really only two that stand out: Boracay
Puerto Galera. Interestingly, many discussions during the
of racing focused on Puerto Galera as a possible venue
future; “perhaps in 2009”.
The main advantage that Puerto Galera enjoys
over Boracay is that there is a broad choice of practical
transportation options to get people and materials to the
venue: bus, taxi, motor cycle, private car, boat,
Previews pgae: Mandrake ahead of many
Left: The Flying Dutchmen Overall Winners IRC1
Above: A busy finish line on day four
Frank Pong’s view of Jelik/
Jelik powers to victory
Photo: Barry Hayes
and helicopter. This choice enables wives, husbands,
& friends as well as sponsors guests to join in the
fun at a
reasonable cost. Boracay really only has the airplane for
access and flights are limited. There is also a wider
accommodations available in Puerto Galera, to suit
preferences and budgets.
So, Puerto Galera. Do you want to take on the challenge
of hosting a President’s Cup Regatta? If you do then the
lobbying must start now, while the memory of fine
breezes is still in the minds of the competitors.
If we could get a few venues to work together and with
a core accommodation and entertainment-venue strategy
we could fill the waters off Boquete Beach and those
Haligi Beach and Fisherman’s Cove with the cream of Asian
yacht racing. With the support of resorts along Lalaguna,
Sabang and White beaches we could offer unrivalled
spectacle to thousands of international visitors over
The Puerto Galera and the Verde Passage are already
considered to be the centre of the centre for marine
biodiversity (by the Smithsonian Institute) and one of
most beautiful bays in the world (by the club of the same
name); let’s also make Puerto Galera the centre of
for yacht racing.
Contact the yacht club today for more information
about supporting this initiative.
Quantum Racing Reds (DK46)
Frank Pong’s Jelik crew wins the Big One
For some time we had had problems with our paint
below the waterline and wanted to sandblast and re-paint
yacht,VIVACE II (48ft steel ketch, Bruce Roberts
design). Japan was too expensive; Hong Kong disappointed
us, as sandblasting is not allowed there. We decided to
Hong Kong and head for landfall in the Philippines; we
intended to island hop to Kudat, in Sabah, where we knew
could have the sandblasting and new paint job done.
As we were about to leave Hebe Haven (Hong Kong)
the chain of events started. We spoke with a Dutch
the next berth who sails to the Philippines every year,
landfall at Maya-Maya before heading on to Puerto Galera.
suggested we do the same – sounded good to us, even
we had never heard of Maya-Maya.
After a very pleasant passage, we did indeed arrive at
Maya-Maya. As well as enjoying the resort facilities, we
another Aussie steel boat . . . being readied for
Ah-ah! We thought: why not us as well? We have learned
Words and Photos by Bill & Sylvia Goodwin
The rainy season is upon us and some will be
thinking about lifting their boats and applying
some much needed tender loving care. Last rainy
season an Australian yacht was in need and, while
passing through the Philippines, her owners
were tempted to try out Maya Maya Yacht Club’s
facilities along the Batangas coast. Ed.
when we see something we really want: buy it now. So
negotiations with David Stone.
After the usual bit of thrust and parry we agreed on a
‘total package’ that met our requirements. This covered
for: the haul out and in with the 50t travel lift;
hard-stand (while we flew back to Oz to renovate a
the sandblast subcontractor; paint application (per coat)
below waterline and topsides; and, charge-out rate for
wheelhouse/dinghy preparation and painting.
Maya-Maya appealed us – it is a lovely, peaceful
environment. While we did have rates from Subic Bay, to
as a comparison during the negotiations, we certainly did
want to go there . . . nor to Manila.
Anyway the deal was done and, after spending a very
VIVACE’s PAINTJOB and MAYA-MAYA
Main Photo: Vivace II freshly painted
Inset: Slyvia and Bill Goodwin
Above: Vivace hauled out
pleasant month in Puerto Galera, VIVACE II returned the
miles to Maya-Maya during the first week of June 2006.
Before we flew out to Sydney in early July: sandblasting
had been completed; below the waterline had been painted
- except for the anti-fouling; and, topsides had been
and primer applied.
Based on what we had seen thus far we were happy to
have the remainder of the work completed while we were
(until end-November). Interestingly, during that period
typhoons passed close to Maya Maya; David kept us
by email that VIVACE II was safe and sound.
House and travel complications delayed us; we eventually
flew back to Manila in the first week of January 2007.
remainder of the painting work had been completed as
arranged and we were extremely happy with the result.
Along the way: Maya-Maya people picked up supplies
(paint, varnish, anodes, flares, etc.) for us; ferried us
nearby town of Nasagbu for provisioning; and, dropped us
and picked us up at Manila airport. All made easy!
The Goodwins are never ones to hurry along. Such a
good job had been done on the outside that the interior
looked poorly by comparison. So we decided it was time
the interior to be varnished – the lads handled that too,
we entertained ourselves for a few days in the Highlands
wandered off on other side-trips.
Our Maya-Maya experience was wonderful. We were
very happy: quality work was accomplished at the agreed
VIVACE II looks good; we had a fun time in a delightful,
peaceful environment; we became good friends with David
and Melanie Stone and others. What more could one ask for?
Bill and Sylvia Goodwin
Maya Maya Marina Resort
The uniquely located Lighthouse Marina Resort,
with its well generously proportioned facilities and
spacious grounds, provided the perfect location for this
year’s Mutya ng Pilipinas pageant. The resort’s Sands
Al-Fresco Restaurant, with its uninterrupted views across
Subic Bay as magical backdrop, hosted special guests
SBMA Administrator Armand Arezza and Olongapo
Mayor, Bong Gordon, for the pageant-opening Gala
As you would expect in Subic Bay, water sports
became an integral part of the pageant events. On 5th
June the thirty Mutya ng Pilipinas contestants enjoyed
sailing around the bay on Jun Avecilla’s Beneteau Firsts,
Selma and Selma Star, and then returned to bring a splash
of grace and elegance to the pre-race manoeuvres for the
Independence Day Regatta on 10th June.
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The Lighthouse Marina Resort plays host to the 39th
Mutya ng Pilipinas beauty pageant over the three weeks
leading to Coronation Night on 22nd June. The pageant
aims to promote peace, goodwill, trade and tourism
between the Philippines and the USA, Canada, Hawaii,
Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, and Scandinavia.
Contestants are chosen from Filipino communities
in each country; a new venue is chosen every year to
highlight the natural beauty and splendor of the country.
Today, half way along the tranquil beach in Barangay
Villaflor, Puerto Galera, and half-way around the World
his origins in Denmark, Christian’s dream is taking
And not a small dream. When complete this craft will be
less than a 53-foot long, 8.6 ton, twin 250-hp diesel
powered, displacement hull catamaran, especially designed
master the waves and tides of the Verde Island Passage
Tablas Straights to Boracay.
Custom designed in New Zealand, the boat is built
using a novel method of fibreglass construction: infusion
moulding. It has been a long learning process: more than
Words and Photos by Martyn Willes
Dreams must sometimes be put on the back burner of life
await the right motivation. So it was with Christian
has dreamed since childhood of crafting a boat with his
year and inundation by two typhoons. “Now that we have
built the first hull, the second and the bridge will come
confirms Christian. “We can probably make one a year from
now on if someone wants to buy them”.
It is believed that this is the first time infusion
of fibreglass has been attempted in the Philippines, to
a boat. The advantages of infusion moulding are:
strength and lighter hulls -- because less material is
“There is obviously a point beyond which you can’t
reduce material no matter what overall strength is
because there is always the requirement for puncture
. . . but with this foam sandwich construction we have
produced a boat strong enough and light enough that we
carry the maximum number of passengers and luggage in
safety and comfort”.
The process of infusion sounds relatively simple: polish
your half-inch-thick-glass table, lay a peel-off
lay the fibreglass mat layers that will form the outer
cover with core-cell foam sheets, lay the next mat layers
will form the inner skin, cover all with a plastic sheet,
vacuum by sucking out the air, mix your resins and
Christian’s Cat (Part I)
Continued on page 31
Barangay Villaflor beach looking West towards Puerto
Dream Boat impression
vacuum steadily to suck the resin evenly into the mat
“Even though I attended training in the methods
overseas it still took us nearly six months to get the
panels perfect for this boat . . . the temperature had to
right, the vacuum had to be varied depending upon the
the finished panel, the vacuum tubes had to be the right
for the size of panel, the resin viscosity had to be
enable adequate flow and penetration, the location of the
tubes had to be precise . . . most of this was trial and
as there is no definitive
manual for infusion”.
Materials too are
not the run-of-the-mill
mats and resins because
the objective is that
the boat should survive
50-years of operation:
fibre mats are used for
uniform strength and
smooth finish; isotropic
polyester resins are used
for the primary layers
with vinyl ester resins for the secondary joints and
even the plastic sheet, used to create the vacuum, is
normally found in the aircraft industry. Most of the
are necessarily imported.
Each hull will have a shallow keel to ensure longitudinal
strength and to protect against abrasion – the craft is
to be beachable if required; each has a beam to length
13, “this is the trade off between outright performance
(speed) and comfort (for the passengers)”.
The finished boat will have a top cruising speed of
around 23 knots but will be most efficient at around 16
knots. The engines were specifically selected and
to deliver economic cruising performance and range at
all speeds above 14 knots – this feature is embodied in
the common rail injection engine models from IVECO
and allows them to outperform, more common, direct
injection models across a broader power range.
So what did motivate the dream sequence now
unfolding in Baragay Villaflor? “A major overseas tour
operator visited our resort a couple of years ago and
committed to fill it almost throughout the year . . .
was until the banka ride between Sabang and Leah Beach
through unseasonably rough waves” Christian said,
“The message was, they could only promote the resort
when we could offer a stable and comfortable mode of
transport across the Verde Passage”.
At 53-foot long Christian’s cat should be able to
slide effortlessly across all but the most extreme wave
but, before it is put to the acid test transporting
guests, he plans to take her through the Calavite Passage
and along the Tablas Straight for thorough sea trials.
Watch out for part two of this story sometime in
the New Year; we are invited along to document the
sea trials before the craft is finally handed over to the
Mermaid Resort as their guest and luggage carrying
Dreamboats... continued from page 29
Above: First hull: space enough for engines, fuel and
Right:Infusion in progress
The three moorings (distinctive drums with orange
and yellow bands) lie just off the beach in deep water,
the Coral Cove Resort (approx Lat N13° 30.95’ Long
59.10’); from Baco/Calapan just head for the northern
prominent red-and-white communications tower. The resort
has installed them to offer
respite to weary skippers
and crew who seek a
friendly welcome; they
were also installed to attract
the day-sailor who seeks a
tummy stuffing lunch or a
maybe a night away, who
doesn’t want to bother with
hauling anchor ropes on a
full stomach or having crew
complaining of roughed-up
The resort does not
operate a regular radio
listening service but you can telephone them during most
hours of the day and night. From the moorings take you
dinghy in close to the West wall of the resort pier;
there is a
cleared, ten meter wide channel along the West wall of
pier, avoiding the rocks all the way in to the beach.
The Coral Cove Resort is famous for its proximity
YACHT FRIENDLY MOORINGS
Words and Photos by Martyn Willes
When approaching Puerto Galera
from the East (around the Baco Islands
(bearing 277°M) or close in past
Calapan (289°M)) during the South
West monsoon (May to October) it is
easy to be tempted by the sheltered coves
in Varadero Bay. Indeed the holding for
an anchor there is good -- provided you
take care to drop the hook sufficiently
far from the small coral outcrops.
However, just installed in time for
the 2007 cruising season are three,
sheltered, Yacht Friendly Moorings close
to Escarceo Point that should not be
to some of Puerto Galera’s most scuba-dived attractions
(Sinandigan Wall, the Boulders, Japanese Wreck, House
Reef and Turtle Rock) and a significant part of its
is derived from introducing local and international scuba
diving enthusiasts to the marine-life-abundant,
clear-waters of the Verde Island
Passage. However the resort is rapidly
becoming a popular destination for
all sun-seeking visitors who wish the
peace and tranquility that was once the
hallmark of every beach in and around
For the visiting yachtsman
there is a well proportioned menu
with a comprehensive selection of
international dishes plus a range of
tropical drinks as well as the more
conventional. There are basic shower
facilities attached to the dive shop
and a place to dry wet clothes. Or, if
your “night away” happens to be a Saturday, you can feast
the convincingly genuine Indian curry buffet dinner. Well
appointed rooms are available at sensible prices with a
styles from discrete cottages for two, to larger family
are air-conditioned and with cable television, so you can
in comfort and catch up on the latest news and movies.
CORAL COVE, PUERTO GALERA
Coral Cove is where voyagers can converge
View from the most Eastward mooring
restaurant area is a
free WiFi zone, so
you can bring your
laptop ashore and
plan the next leg of
your trip in comfort.
For the pleasure
seekers on the yacht
the Coral Cove
Resort will shortly
open their own
when s/he feels
the need for the
finer things in life
. . . or just for a
change of pace. Slip into the Jacuzzi or get steamed
massage; or after, if that is your fancy.
Although it is not likely that the cruising yachtsman
have the requirement, within the resort there is a fully
conference and seminar facility with all the latest
make an impact on the assembled audience.
If staying here for a couple of days then the Coral Cove
Resort could be a base to explore the nearby attractions
the towns of Sabang and Puerto Galera. Sabang offers a 24
hour entertainment scene that is guaranteed to please
seeking distraction from the ocean swells; Puerto Galera
contains a market and stores in abundance to refill
ice boxes and larders aboard – possibly the best pizzas
Philippines are available along the ferry pier. Potable
be acquired and fuel
is available in Puerto
maybe its time for a
dive, a round of golf
or a splash in the
waterfalls; hiking in the
rain forested hills can
be arranged or relive your
youth at the Puerto Galera
Yacht Club’s regular Wet Wednesday (afternoon), fun
If you do not own a yacht then another reason to use the
moorings could be to fill a banka (locally designed
boat used extensively around the Philippines to transport
any number of people) with your friends or colleagues and
just head on over to Coral Cove for a day of fun in the
On the day that we visited, the moorings became temporary
home to a banka full of Manila executives from a well
telecommunications company who were on a team-building
The Coral Cove Resort Yacht Friendly Moorings will
provide you with the perfect introduction to the many
attractions of Puerto Galera as well as delivering a
taste of how
Mindoro used to be before it was “discovered”.
Note: the moorings are not considered typhoon-safe; the
nearest typhoon shelter is in the nearby Muelle and
For more information contact the Coral Cove Resort
directly: telephone +63 43 287 3220; email
com; or, website www.coral-cove.com. For more information
about Yacht Friendly Moorings around the rest of the
then go to the PGYC website Cruising Info page www.pgyc.
From Calapan the most northern telecoms tower is obvious
Approach to Coral Cove Resort West side of pier